Biography

Michael Buenzow

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Buenzow is a proven senior leader with more than 25 years of experience serving in C-level operational executive roles, across the consumer product goods, retail, industrial and automotive industries. Throughout his career, he has been a key strategic global operating executive within public and private organizations, providing advisory and business transformation services, revitalizing brands and creating organizational momentum.

Mr. Buenzow has extensive experience creating, implementing and leading successful operating strategies and has a strong background in business strategy, efficiency, and cost optimization. He has a deep operational and financial heritage, coupled with a diverse set of experiences that includes manufacturing, distribution, supply chain, product sourcing, finance, labor relations, revenue enhancement, brand management and licensing.

In addition to his role at School Specialty, Mr. Buenzow is a Senior Managing Director and Company-Side Practice Leader of the Corporate Finance segment of FTI Consulting, Inc. Earlier in his career, Mr. Buenzow was a Partner in the Business Recovery Services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a B.B.A. from Niagara University. Mr. Buenzow has served on the Board of Directors of Huffy Bicycle and HOP Energy and currently serves on the Global Board of Trustees for the Turnaround Management Association.